We begin are Math Journey in the toddler program where Math concepts are introduced to toddlers (16-36 months) through integrated and natural experiences from their environment, such as, seeing shapes and objects, language, in hand exploration, spacial awareness, and visual discrepancy.
In a quite moment with Ms. DeAnne, Lead Toddler Directress, she shared,“The primary focus of our Toddler Program is language and life skills. We incorporate math concepts into those everyday life skills.” As such, the whole classroom sets the table for mathematical feasting, through simple daily activities centered around collecting, counting (heads, napkins, and toes), sorting, putting things in order, classifying, comparing sizes and colors, carrying heavy objects by hand, setting the table, baking, and discovering relationships and patterns through these activities.
Maria Montessori believed that a child’s mind is mathematical and the formation of this mathematical mind begins with practical life and sensorial materials, both, which bring forth deep levels of concentration. Deep concentration can occur while mopping, dusting, digging in the sand, washing carrots, opening and closing, and doing a puzzle. Our Montessorians create an environment, which fosters work and is always on the lookout for a child to beginning to concentrate. It is here children begin to cultivate an interest in learning and a desire for math exploration.
Once a child has experienced basic concepts involved with practical life and sensorial materials the child will progress naturally to the beginning math activities. We make this enjoyable by providing the following activities:
- Number rods
- Sandpaper and printed numerals
- Spindle boxes 1-5
- Counters game
- Memory game
Toddlers learn concentration, coordination, language skills, responsibility, problem solving skills, number recognition and respect – all which prepare them well for a successful transition into the work of Primary Program.